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Souza, Steven M

(1953-    ) US author of The Espers (1972), set initially on an Earth dominated from time immemorial by an Alien race of Secret Masters who have prevented Homo sapiens's natural evolution (see Arrested Development); the protagonist's Amnesia is explained by the fact that he is a Weapon in a long campaign to liberate our planet. His abduction by other aliens to fight in a Space Opera war complicates matters along lines perfected by authors like Keith Laumer, and confusion ...

Elliott, Janice

(1931-1995) UK author from 1962 of sophisticated novels of domestic passion which frequently reach for a sense of brooding Equipoise with the supernatural and, occasionally, sf. Her sf novel, The Summer People (1980), places in a Near-Future world one of her typical casts, who decide it would be a good idea, while society collapses off-stage, to remain esconced in their holiday resort for the time being; a similar proleptic dread and torpor afflicts the protagonists of The Country of her Dreams ...

Conn, Phoebe

Working name of US author Phoebe Ingwalson (1941-    ), who specializes in the romance market, and whose Beyond the Stars (1988) and Starfire (1994) are undemanding sf romances set in Space Opera venues. [JC]

Carter, Chris

(1956-    ) US Television and film producer and director, the central figure behind The X-Files (1993-2002), which was enormously successful, and the psychic/supernatural thriller series Millennium (1996-1999), which was not. He co-wrote the movie novelization for The X-Files: Fight the Future (see The X-Files), The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998) with Elizabeth Hand. [JC]

Mason, Grace Sartwell

(1876-1966) US author, actively prolific as a short story writer for many years; of her novels, The Bear's Claws (1913) with John Northern Hilliard is of sf interest as a Lost World tale set in Persia, where an ancient City is discovered; the otherness of this city is muted by its discoverers' calling it Persepolis, a genuine ancient city whose location has been known for thousands of years. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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